In 2001's Reality Hunger, David Shields mashed together quotes in a collage manifesto that praised antinarrative
tendencies, antigenre hybrids, and a future literature without regard for such outdated categories as "fiction" and "nonfiction."
McGann defends this kind of poetry as antinarrative
and nonnarrative, which "exemplifies a significant strand of postmodernist writing" while it "deploys a consciously antithetical political content" (1987, 634).
Featuring imagined characters, self-projection figures, and a cat, combined with historical memory, myths, and biblical stories, Mikhailichenko and Nesis discuss the question of sacrifice and create a metaphysical antinarrative
Time lines narrativize what would otherwise appear as an antinarrative
and antihermeneutic development of spatial-structural digital archives that could risk cutting off links back to the bridging of cosmic and experiential time.
What she produces instead is a complex and nuanced study, one that might be termed an "antiheroic antinarrative
In ten essays, the collection transcends narrow conceptions of narrative, antinarrative
, and metanarrative.
Moreover, Gerald Prince in his Dictionary of Narratology quite tellingly describes Molloy as an "antinarrative
" because it adopts the "trappings of narrative" but "systematically" calls "narrative logic and narrative conventions into question" (6).
producing not so much a novelistic narrative as an (...) antinarrative
However, what is missing in such postmodern readings is the important tension that the novel sets up between the theoretical and narrative aspects of the text: it is in this tension that we see the significance of narrative in relation to identity and lived experience, even or especially in light of the purportedly antinarrative
culture in which we find ourselves.
to represent an unregimented one." Lest this Adornian "respite from regimentation" be interpreted as "too privatized" (and Eurocentric), said concludes tellingly by demonstrating the "public" (and Eastern) face of this revocational vocation--this radical antinarrative
sense of "beginning"--in the provocative words of "an Islamic intellectual like Ali Shariati, "a prime force in the early days of the Iranian Revolution, when his attack on 'the true, straight path, this smooth and sacred highway'--organized orthodoxy--contrasted with the devastations of constant migration":
Erecting his structures on the flat, unstable plain of a perpetual present, Liu gives form to a kind of antinarrative
, not so much evoking history as figuring its loss.
Viewed in these terms, the modernist writers' attempt at "finding a space for the 'inhuman' (antinarrative
) within the ostensibly 'human' (narrative)" results in a foregrounding of the "performative potential of narrative," its machine-like workings.